UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Deluxe Cottage Designed For 2-Giants Causeway 1 mi-Fireplace-WiFi-Super King Bed

Explore by day, relax by night! With easy access to 20 miles of scenic coastline, you can explore the stunning North Antrim coast, and come home to a luxury cottage perfect for two. Enjoy a comfortable seat by the fire, and in the morning, rise wh...

Lovely Character Townhouse Sleeping Six Close, Right In Village Close To Beach

The Gallery in Beer is perfect for your self catering Devon cottages holiday. A spacious and characterful three bedroom period town house sleeping six and is child friendly and only two minutes from the sheltered Beer beach. The property has a ge...

Luxury Refurbished Cottage With Stunning Garden And Hot Tub in Morfa Nefyn

The Lodge is a former pump house situated on a quiet country lane close to Morfa Nefyn village centre and only 800m from the scenic coastal path leading to 2 beautiful beaches. The renovation of the cottage was completed in January 2014 providing...

Superb stone cottage in the heart of Snowdonia

Within walking distance of the gorgeous village of Beddgelert, situated in the foothills of Snowdon, there can be no greater escape from the hurly burly of modern day life than this. The property is a classical stone built cottage which has been ...

Idyllic countryside lodge with views over the South Downs to the sea

Crowlink Corner is a unique, enchanting cottage hidden amid the beautiful rolling Sussex downland. It is the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday for all those who enjoy nature. It offers seclusion and privacy with stunning views over surroundin...

Lime Cottage

Lime Cottage, is a stylish old cottage presented with an enticing and warming decor that's simply perfect as a classic Cotswolds' retreat. Inside is thoughtfully equipped with a large open plan ground floor: a smooth stone floor, restful colours, ...

Seaside cottage for up to 6 people with garden and balcony.

Set on The Ridge yards from the beach, Bramble Tye is the quintessential seaside cottage. Located in the unspoilt, friendly and relaxed village of Winchelsea Beach - where marshland meets the sea, the shingle beach gives way to flat wet sand at lo...

Beautiful romantic holiday cottage in Highland Estate with hot tub

The Bothy is located within the grounds of the 40 acre Highland estate of Craggantoul with rolling meadows, orchards, duck pond, ancient oak forest with winding trails down to Loch Tay, where we have fishing rights for trout. The newly refurbishe...

Luxury log cabin with private hot tub and stunning views over Loch Tay

The newly refurbished Oak Cottage is a luxury retreat for four people with sensational views over Loch Tay and the surrounding meadows and woodlands. The cottage is furnished luxuriously and has a modern kitchen with everything you need on a se...

Beautiful converted steading in Scottish Highlands with hot tub

Tucked away in the Highland estate of Craggantoul, Sam's Cottage is a charming holiday cottage offering panoramic views over Loch Tay and the surrounding woodland. The luxurious one bedroom property sits at the foot of mighty Ben Lawers, the te...

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